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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Iza Smelczyńska

Iza Smelczyńska

gives life to ideas, makes suggestions, and keeps track of everyone’s work. She writes her own column “Szafa gra”.

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Bored to Tears? Use Your Ears!

Bored to Tears? Use Your Ears!
How to Soundwalk

Magazine / culture
In a world full of constant noise, it is easy to shut off from quieter sounds. By soundwalking, we can open our ears up again. Iza Smelczyńska
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A Sonic Suprise

A Sonic Suprise
Making Sound Visible

Magazine / society
Cymatics – the study of visible sound – is quite easily explored. All you need to do is rub your fingers around the rim of a glass... Iza Smelczyńska
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A Sparsely-Populated Spa

A Sparsely-Populated Spa
In Praise of Iceland

Magazine / society
In spite of its unforgiving weather and lack of forests, more and more tourists are discovering that a trip to Iceland is the perfect detox. Iza Smelczyńska
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A Grown-Up Lullaby

A Grown-Up Lullaby
Songs for Sleeping

Magazine / culture
Contrary to intuition, music can actually help us get to sleep. In fact, composers such as Max Richter and Robert Rich have organized sleeping concerts. Iza Smelczyńska
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What a Blast

What a Blast
On the Didgeridoo

Magazine / culture
A 1000-year-old musical instrument, created with the help of termites and played by using a seemingly impossible breathing loop. We present: the didgeridoo. Iza Smelczyńska
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An Allergy to Sounds

An Allergy to Sounds
The Excruciating Pain of Misophonia

Reading / culture
People with misophonia are hypersensitive to certain sounds. The condition can trigger strong negative emotions, such as anger and anxiety. Iza Smelczyńska